The Strange Dr. Weird was a radio program broadcast on Mutual from 1944 to 1945. Sponsored by Adam Hats, the drama is notable in part because it was a sister series to The Mysterious Traveler, both in theme and its narrator, Maurice Tarplin, who was also the creepy voice of the Mysterious Traveler. Many of the scripts were condensed 15 minute versions of scripts originally broadcast on The Mysterious Traveler. To the accompaniment of an organ. Spooky, strange Tarplin introduced each episode:
Adam's Hats presents The Strange Dr. Weird.
"Good evening. Come in, won't you? Why, what's the matter? You seem a bit nervous."
The closing line never changed:
"Perhaps you'll drop in on me again soon? I'm always home. Just look for the house on the other side of the cemetery...the house of Dr. Weird!"
The 29 episodes were produced and directed by Jock MacGregor and written by Robert A. Arthur, who also scripted for The Mysterious Traveler.
OTRR Certification Information:Series Name: The Strange Dr. Weird
Certification Status: OTRR Certified Complete
Certification Date: July 1, 2011
Certification Version: Version 1
Number of CDs: 1
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February 27, 2012 Subject:
short and sweet horror series
when you've got one half of the writing team that made The Mysterious Traveler a great listen , and you've got the legendary Maurice Tarplin (The Traveler himself!) having a ghoulish ball as our horror host, you know you're in for a whale of a time with these stories. A number of these stories were cut-down versions of older Traveler and Sealed Book episodes, but even at 15 minutes each they're still enjoyable as a quick listen, and the ensemble cast really do a good job with what they're given. A number of the episodes even give quite a jolt. Summoning Of Chandor, Survival Of The Fittest, The Devil's Cavern and House Where Death Lived are particular standouts. Worth a listen!
February 22, 2012 Subject:
Short but Enjoyable
Nothing surprising here -- you've heard these plots before if you listen to any horror OTR. But they are done with enthusiasm, and the 15 minute runtime ensures that you don't have time to get bored.